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Vienna - Austria

Vienna was a truly grand and beautiful city. I loved the architecture here! That being said, I couldn't help but feel that it was a very quiet city. There wasn't the hustle and bustle I usually experience in a European city, and not only the lack of people, but the city was literally quiet. It was a nice city, but apart from the architecture, nothing else stood out for me. The people were super friendly, but I didn't really get to know any of the locals, as the night life was fairly quiet too.

What to See

St. Stephen's Cathedral

Probably the most famous landmark in the centre of the city, it is quite a sight. It's located on Stephansplatz, one of the most popular squares in the city.

It's free if you wish to take a look inside, but €5 if you want to check out the catacombs.


Or, Vienna City Hall as it would be known in English.

I don't know why, but this is the building that stood out the most for me, yet it doesn't seem to get as much credit as other famous buildings in the city. During Christmas time this is one of the major sites for the Christmas markets, which I can only imagine would be even more beautiful.

Wiener Riesenrad

Found in the Prater Amusement Park, this ferris wheel is famous for beng in the movie "The Third Man" and if you're a James Bond fan, "The Living Daylights". This is probably the highlight of the amusement park, but there are all the typical attractions you'd expect including lots of thrill rides.

Built in 1897, the wheel feels like going back in time, and there are some great views of Vienna when you reach the top.

Schönbrunn Palace

West of the city centre, you'll find Schönbrunn Palace, the summer residence of past rulers.

This place is huge, and I spent quite some time getting lost in the gardens behind the palace. Home to a hedge maze, elegant fountains and even a zoo. I think the most beautiful part was hiking up the hill to the gloriette to take in some beautiful views of the palace and gardens.

Sigmund Freud Museum

The site of the museum is where Freud lived and worked until 1938, when due to the persecution of the Jews, he forced him to move to England.

The museum has archive footage, notes and several of Freud's belongings.

It's in interesting insight into his life, his family and his patients.

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